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Join us for the 41st T.B. Macaulay Lecture: The challenge of sustainable development

We have recently lived through three years in a row of the hottest temperatures recorded worldwide, a clear sign that our climate is changing, and changing fast. Is this enough to spur us into tackling climate change and other sustainable development priorities? Are we aware of the complexities of communicating what sustainable development means?

Improved genetic marker for precise and accurate EPH barley screening

Researchers from the James Hutton Institute and the Scotch Whisky Research Institute (SWRI) have completed a ten-month InnovateUK funded project resulting in the development of an improved genetic marker that can be used by barley breeders to unequivocally identify potential epiheterodendrin (EPH) non-producing barley varieties at the earliest stages of the breeding process. 

Hutton researcher success in Converge Challenge 2018

Hutton scientist Peter Orrell and his product MycoNourish have been announced as runners-up in the 2018 Converge Challenge, Scotland's leading higher education company creation programme, at a ceremony held yesterday in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms.

MycoNourish harnesses the power of beneficial microbes to improve crop production. Not only it increases yields but also improves the margins for farmers and crop producers who, in the current climate, are seeing their margins shrinking.

James Hutton Institute acknowledges V&A Dundee’s impact

The transformational power of the first-ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London was beyond doubt, even before it opened. The James Hutton Institute would like to commend and congratulate all those whose vision and endeavours have dreamed and now delivered the new Victoria & Albert Museum in Dundee.

Shortlist announced for 2018 Nature of Scotland Awards

Over 300 members of the conservation community will meet at the Nature of Scotland Awards 2018 ceremony to celebrate the people and projects that are going the extra mile to support Scottish nature conservation, with the James Hutton Institute once again sponsoring the Food and Farming award.

The shortlist for the 2018 awards represent a cross-section of businesses, charities, the public sector and individuals working towards conserving the country’s unique wildlife and natural environment.

The categories in the awards are:

Calling on farmers and field managers: join the Plant Teams Field Lab

The James Hutton Institute is teaming with Soil Association Scotland and Scotland's Rural College to work with farmers in a Field Lab to trial crop mixtures or ‘plant teams’. Field Labs are free to attend and open to all land managers, whether organic or not. They allow farmers to test out innovative real-life solutions to practical challenges, with input from experts.

Hutton research reflected in Hydro Nation 2018 report

Work by James Hutton Institute water researchers has been reflected in the latest Scotland: The Hydro Nation Annual Report, which provides an outline of activities carried out by the Scottish Government and partners under the Hydro Nation agenda.

Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences and James Hutton Institute establish collaborative links

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China, and the James Hutton Institute, during the 2018 UK-China Potato Science and Technology Innovation Cooperation Conference, held in Shandong, China.

The agreement outlines cooperation in crop breeding, genomics, pests and disease control and sustainable soil management, by way of academic exchanges and joint research programmes.

MycoNourish announced as finalist of Converge Challenge 2018

MycoNourish, a product designed by Hutton scientist Peter Orrell, has been announced as finalist of the Converge Challenge 2018, Scotland's leading higher education company creation programme.

Scottish rivers are warming, Hutton research shows

Scientists from the James Hutton Institute have found that waters in Scottish rivers are reaching record-breaking warm temperatures, which may have implications for rural economies across the country.

By comparing historical records kept by the Tulchan Estate with hydroclimatic datasets, Dr Rachel Helliwell and Dr Ina Pohle were able to spot an increase of 2-3°C in the water temperature of the river Spey over the last 105 years.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.